This past year has been a difficult and challenging year. These challenges have allowed me to take a look at myself and see if there were any changes I could make, to make 2016 better than 2015. I started this process by making a list of things that bring me happiness and the things that are holding me back. Was it me, was it the choices or decisions I have been making? After taking a closer look at myself and the people in it, I realized that it was just life. Life is challenging and incredibly unfair at times not just for me but for everyone. These challenging present differently for everyone and I think its how we deal with these difficult times that shape us as a person.
I did realize that one of the most important things in my life has become running. I also realized that one of the things I was struggling with the most, death of my brother in law and it’s impact his death has had and will continue to have on my sister and nephew. My brother in law, Mathew Grover, was 36 years old when he passed away and his life was just beginning. Mathew was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of 2015 and lost his courageous battle in November of 2015. It was a reminder of how precious and short life is and how necessary it is to make the most of your life everyday. This is reminder that I never wanted and really wish I could have learned this life lesson in a different manner. No more regrets, no more putting things off until tomorrow, instead living each day to fullest and never giving up on my hopes and dreams!
So this brings me today, February 10, 2016…I was reminded that cancer brought running into my life. I began running, by attempting to “run” the Mighty Meehan 5K. A race honoring a brave little boy who lost his battle with cancer. See previous blog posts. Reflecting back on my recreational running career, I remembered how much I enjoyed writing my blog post through the various adventures running brought me on. Somehow I never manage to make the time to write on here anymore and I’m pretty sure that my family are the only people who read this.
So I decided to bring the blog back and found it the perfect place to announce that I will be running the 2016 Chicago Marathon in honor of my brother in law, Mathew Grover, as a member of the American Cancer Society Team. I am excited for this journey and to share it with all of you! Stay tuned as I update the blog and get back to writing on a regular basis.
Here is the link to donate to my fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society.